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Overview

Education Agency

California Department of Education

State Educational Technology Standards

California does not have educational technology standards.

State Educational Technology Plan

California has an educational technology plan.

California has an independent state level educational technology plan. The state revises the plan periodically. The state plan was created in 1996 and called the Connect, Compute, and Compete Plan and in 2003 the Education Technology Master Plan was published. In 2006, in order to meet the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 requirements, a new plan called the NCLB State Technology Plan was published. A new plan for 2013-2016, with a working title of Empowering Learning: California Educational Technology Blueprint was released in 2014.

District Technology Planning Requirements

California does not have requirements for district technology planning.

District level educational technology plans are not required by California, but are required for the purpose of receiving funds for the state’s Education Technology K-12 Voucher program. The state provides planning support through online webinars, face to face trainings, e-mail and website support. The California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) also provides assistance to districts by grooming their technology plans and uploading and approving the technology plans through the State’s Education Technology Plan Review System (ETPRS). The current ETPRS is in the process of being replaced by a more modern technology planning platform called the Technology Plan Builder (TPB). The TPB will assist the districts to write their tecnology plan.

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Overview

The State of California funds local educational agencies (LEA) with one state entitlement. The LEA will utilize this funding for nearly all state-funded educational expenditures, including instructional materials (Local Control Funding Formula). It is incumbent upon the LEA to determine their own local needs.

LEAs are subject to a law California Education Code (EC) Section 60119, which requires instructional materials to be aligned to the state-adopted academic content standards in the four subjects of English language arts/English language development; history/social science; mathematics; and science. The Instructional Quality Commission, supervises the instructional materials reviews, utilizing state-trained volunteer teachers and administrators, to establish a list of materials meeting 100% of the state-adopted standards in addition to other evaluation criteria. California posts this list of state-adopted programs for LEAs to consider and posts details on requirements for materials via the Curriculum Frameworks Adoption Process – CalEdFacts. LEAs do not have a specific timeline to implement any specific instructional materials. The State conducts such an adoption on an eight-year cycle per subject. LEAs may conduct their own local reviews in consideration of piloting and adopting such materials.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) encourages California school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to be innovative in the use of technology to improve instruction, student learning, and teacher professional development. The SSPI encourages the use of digital instructional materials to support learning, and the use of technology devices for instruction. The SSPI continues to explore technological innovation in education with public and private sector partners.A local school district governing board may adopt relevant technology-based materials, if the materials are both available and comparable to other, equivalent instructional materials, as defined in education code section 60010 (h). A publisher or manufacturer that submits a printed instructional material for adoption by the state board, or a school district governing board, or for use by the governing board of a school district, on or after January 1, 2014, shall ensure that the printed instructional material is also available in an equivalent digital format during the entire term adoption term. The printed instructional material equivalent digital format shall conform to the most current, ratified standards under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines – World Wide Web Consortium for accessibility. A revised State Board of Education policy also notes digital instructional material availability.

Guidelines and Policies

Definition for Accessible Instructional/Educational Materials

California has a unique definition or references the federal definition for accessible instructional/educational materials.

California references the federal definition of accessible educational materials.

In addition, California Education Code requires:

  • 60061.7(a) requires publishers to provide instructional material in accessible formats
  • 60240 Requires that funds be appropriated to produce materials in the creation of accessible media for students with disabilities.
  • 60242 Funds shall be provided for school districts to purchase materials for enrolled students with visual disabilities and other disabilities that are in accessible formats
  • 60312 State adopted materials must be accessible to students with visual acuity of 10/70 or less, and 20/200 for providing Braille characters.
  • 60119 Williams Settlement; Educational agencies must provide public school students with adequate instructional materials.

 

Definition for Accessible Technologies

California has a unique definition for accessible technologies or references the AEM definition for accessible technologies.

Assistive Technology (AT) includes both devices and services.

  • An assistive technology device is any item that directly assists an individual with a disability to increase, maintain, or improve their capabilities.
  • An assistive technology service is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

Definition for Digital Instructional Materials

California has a definition for digital instructional materials.

Technology-based materials means basic or supplemental instructional materials that are designed for use by pupils and teachers as learning resources and that require the availability of electronic equipment in order to be used as a learning resource. Technology-based materials include, but are not limited to, software programs, video disks, compact disks, optical disks, video and audiotapes, lesson plans, and databases. Technology-based materials do not include the electronic equipment required to make use of those materials, unless that equipment is to be used by pupils and teachers as a learning resource.

Definition for Instructional Materials/Textbook

California has a definition for instructional materials/textbook that includes the option for digital instructional materials.

EC Section 60010 provides a definition of instructional materials as follows _(h) _Instructional materialsî means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Instructional materials may be printed or non-printed, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/

Definition for Open Educational Resources

California does not have a definition for open educational resources.

Guidance for Implementation of Accessible Materials

California provides guidance to LEAs to support the use of accessible digital instructional materials for learners with disabilities to improve outcomes.

Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Translations (CSMT) has an online ordering and distribution system that LEAs can use to download digital files of SBE-adopted full-course programs to be used to help instruct and support students.

Guidance Outside of School

California provides guidance to LEAs in the use of digital instructional materials outside of the classroom.

EC Section 60119 requires LEA to provide instructional materials in the four subjects (see response to #25) both in the classroom and to take home. This law applies to both print and digital materials. The law specifically states that digital materials are fine to use, but that they must be available both in the classroom and at home. How LEA ensure compliance is a local decision.

Policy - Adoption

California has an adoption policy for digital instructional materials.

The California State Constitution, Article 9, SEC. 7.5 states “The State Board of Education shall adopt textbooks for use in grades one through eight throughout the State, to be furnished without cost as provided by statute.” Many state laws support this basic directive (including a law extending it to kindergarten).

Digital Content Included

Supplemental Materials

California regards all media formats of instructional materials equally; and in any process it does not differentiate between them. EC Section 60010 provides a definition of instructional materials as follows _(h) _Instructional materialsî means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Instructional materials may be printed or non-printed, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests.

Policy - Open Educational Resources

California does not have a policy for open educational resources.

California does not have a policy that includes the option to implement OER materials; however, the state does not have a policy that precludes the use of OER.

Policy - Statute for Implementation

California does not have a statute requiring the implementation of digital instructional materials.

Procurement

Guidance - Acquisition of Accessible Digital Instructional Materials

California provides information, examples or guidelines to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible digital instructional materials.

California’s Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Translations (CSMT) has a list serv, an online ordering distribution system, and APH assistive technology products that our LEAs can use and receive information on upcoming and current assistive technology.

Guidance – Acquisition of Accessible Technologies

California provides information, examples or technical assistance to LEAs to support the selection and acquisition of accessible technologies.

California provides opportunities to share with LEAs via list serve and email, including the ability to share examples and provide technical assistants to LEAs.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Devices

California does not provide guidance for the purchase of digital devices.

Guidance – Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials

California has procurement guidelines specific to digital instructional materials.

California regards all media formats of instructional materials equally; and in any process it does not differentiate between print or digital. EC Section 60010 provides a definition of instructional materials as follows _(h) _Instructional materialsî means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Instructional materials may be printed or non-printed, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests.

EC Section 60010 provides a definition of instructional materials as follows _(h) _Instructional materialsî means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Instructional materials may be printed or non-printed, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, and other media. Local educational agencies (LEAs) are free to adopt and implement instructional materials in the format they choose. When the State conducts an adoption, it does not differentiate between formats.

Guidance – Publishers

California has procurement guidelines for companies interested in selling instructional materials in the state.

California regards all media formats of instructional materials equally; and in any process it does not differentiate between print or digital. EC Section 60010 provides a definition of instructional materials as follows _(h) _Instructional materialsî means all materials that are designed for use by pupils and their teachers as a learning resource and help pupils to acquire facts, skills, or opinions or to develop cognitive processes. Instructional materials may be printed or non-printed, and may include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests.

Guidance – Publishers - Accessibility Features

California has guidelines for commercial and OER publishers, developers, and vendors related to accessibility features in products/services.

The state holds the publishers of-adopted full-course programs responsible for providing digital files in RTF and PDFs of state-adopted student instructional materials. The Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Translations (CSTM) uses the digital files to create large print, braille and audio files for students with visual impairments to use. Supplemental materials, including OERs, are not adopted in California.

Manage Regional Purchasing Consortia

California does not manage regional groups that participate in regional purchasing consortia for instructional materials.

Master Contract Digital Devices

California does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase digital devices.

Master Contract Instructional Materials

California does not have state master purchasing contracts available for districts and schools to purchase instructional materials.

Post Adopted Instructional Materials

California posts adopted instructional materials.

Post Instructional Materials Submitted for Bid

California posts instructional materials submitted for bid.

Procurement Office

Office of Finance & Grants
Funding

Funding for Digital Instructional Materials

California does not have dedicated funds for digital instructional materials.

Districts fund the purchase of digital instructional materials with general state funds and/or local initiatives.

California districts have the option to collaborate on the purchase of digital instructional materials.

California districts have the option to purchase digital instructional materials with local funds.

Funding for Devices

California does not have dedicated funds for digital devices.

Each district may use general state funds for the purchase of digital devices (hardware).

Funding for Special Purposes

California does not have a funding stream to purchase digital instructional materials for special purposes.

Digital Learning Resources

Content Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

California does not have a state hosted content management system or a state master contract for a content management system available to schools and districts.

Learning Management System: State Hosted or State Master Contract

California does not have a state hosted learning management system or state master contract for a learning management system available to schools and districts.

Open Educational Resources

California does not develop open educational resources.

California recommends/endorses open educational resources.

State Resource Repository

California has a state resource repository.

Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Translations hosted by the California Department of Education, Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division.

Vetting

Digital Instructional Materials

California has a review process specific to digital instructional materials.

When the State conducts an instructional materials review it does not favor one media format over another. Publishers may submit materials in print or digital format. When recruiting instructional materials reviewers, the State does ask about reviewers comfortableness with digital technology.

Open Educational Resources

California does not have a vetting process for open educational resources.

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